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Johann Sebastian Bach

Donald Macleod looks at five decades of Bach's music, revealing a picture of the composer's evolving style.

Donald Macleod concentrates on some of Bach's earliest surviving works. Next, he explores Bach's output during the 1710s, much of which the composer spent at the court of Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Weimar. Macleod then looks at what was probably Bach's most fertile decade - the 1720s - one which marked the beginning of his 27-year spell as Cantor at the Thomasschule in Leipzig. Bach's musical activities during the 1730s were numerous; on top of his regular job keeping Leipzig's four main churches supplied with cantatas, he took on a secular concert-giving role as director of the Collegium Musicum in Leipzig and Somehow managed to find time to invent the keyboard concerto.

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1 hour, 4 minutes


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Composer Johann Sebastian Bach

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